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  •  Good example (1+ / 0-)
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    The SA-8 is a peer to the Chaparral system.  Another one that can be learned in a day.  The SA-11 comes from the SA-6 family - a bit more complex but for anyone growing up in the digital age nothing too hard.

    I grew up in Air Defense and the hardest part was getting people to think in three dimensions and beyond line of sight. Teaching them to take what they saw on the screen and being able to project that into the real world and act on it.  I was a gamer from way back (think Pong) so it was not that tough for me but for some kids it was a bridge too far.  To them it was too much like TV - not real time, not reality, not interactive.  For this current generation - kids who grew up in the video game/virtual world age - not an issue.  

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 09:19:03 AM PDT

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    •  I doubt that. Perhaps if you only cared about (0+ / 0-)

      shooting down stationary target balloons but good luck trying to shoot down military aircraft (even without jamming) with only a day of training and practice.  Much less shooting down a U2 or take out a F-117 with a SA-3.  And yes, it has several wartime scenarios for you to choose from.  Here is the simulator with documentation (and while the docs are translated, all of the buttons on the equipment are in their original Cyrillic, just as if you had bought/stolen a real Russian system) and here is a DKos diary/review from our very own Major Kong.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 09:47:52 AM PDT

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